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Prominent Taiwan opera troupe performs in Los Angeles for first time

Prominent Taiwan opera troupe performs in Los Angeles for first time

Los Angeles, Sept. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese opera troupe Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group gave its first performance in Los Angeles on Saturday to an audience of over 1,000. Ming Hwa Yuan, one of Taiwan's most highly regarded opera troupes, performed two pieces -- "Lovebird Spears" (???) and "General of the Empire" (????) -- during its show at the East Los Angeles College. "Lovebird Spears" is about a teahouse owner's daughter who is trained in martial arts and will only marry someone who is capable of defeating her using spears. "General of the Empire" combines traditional opera with Chinese martial arts. The action sequences in the piece were inspired by ancient warfare in China, which involves the use of scaling ladders to climb fortress walls. Established in 1929, Ming Hwa Yuan revives the traditional opera art form through modern technology and sophisticated storytelling skills. Los Angeles is the first leg of the troupe's tour to 12 North American cities, including Houston, Chicago and Boston. Chen Chao-ting (???), who plays a male role as the lead character in one of the pieces, said her troupe will bring to its audiences exciting performances that combine romance and martial arts. (By Oscar Wu and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-27 19:30 GMT+08:00